Leduc’s Open for Summer: importance of water safety

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

As the City of Leduc progresses under the Government of Alberta’s Stage 3 Open for Summer, essential water safety programming is ramping up to support Leduc and area residents to ensure everyone has a fun and safe summer.

“We see that with the absence of swim programs for our patrons, it may have a challenging effect on their confidence when getting back into the pool, especially with young children,” says Jackie Kamlah, director of Recreation Services with the City of Leduc. “Children may be more nervous than usual and parents might notice their child’s skills have regressed. Please know that all of these actions and feelings are normal and our swim instructors are ready to provide a fun and safe learning environment for everyone.”

Leduc’s aquatic programming team has prepared our Red Cross Water Safety instructors with training, resources and industry updates to offer a wide range of programming from parented swimming lessons teaching caregivers strategies on how to effectively supervise children in, on, and around the water to lifeguarding skills for youth and adults.

These instructors, trained through the Red Cross Swim program, will focus on three learning pillars to support:

  • Skills and water safety – to help reduce the number of preventable incidents by teaching self-rescue skills and safe behaviour for injury prevention
  • Fitness – activities designed to build endurance and promote individual success while encouraging lifelong physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle
  • Swimming - participants learn the five main swimming strokes (front crawl, back crawl, elementary back stroke, breast stroke, and sidestroke) and develop effective techniques using logical progressions and proven teaching strategies

“Swim lessons are just one of several important layers of protection needed to help prevent emergency situations that may lead to a tragic result,” says Kamlah. “We recommend that non-swimmers and young children up to the age of 12 have constant supervision when around water, where infants and toddlers never be more than an arm’s length away; and youth 12 to 17-years-old should employ the buddy system.”

Water safety practices are encouraged for any water activities, whether indoors at the Leduc Recreation Centre, or outdoors whether enjoying an Alberta lake or the Alexandra Outdoor Pool.

To learn more about Leduc’s aquatic safety practices and programming, visit https://www.leduc.ca/aquatic-centre or call 780-980-7120.

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